Donald Trump can't stop complaining about inheriting "a mess" in Syria

Donald Trump met with the king of Jordan, but wouldn't take ownership of his role as the leader of the free world


Matthew Rozsa
April 5, 2017 11:07PM (UTC)

President Donald Trump has been criticized for his inadequate response to the Syrian chemical attack, but as he made it clear during a press conference after meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan, he thinks the problem isn't himself — it's the world that was left to him.

"I have to just say that, the world is a mess. I inherited a mess. Whether it's the Middle East, whether it's North Korea, whether it's so many other things. Whether it's in our country, horrible trade deals. I inherited a mess. We're going to fix it."

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Trump then emphatically repeated, "We're going to fix it."

This line of reasoning echoed Trump's criticism of Obama on Tuesday, in which he said "President Obama said in 2012 that he would establish a ‘red line’ against the use of chemical weapons and then did nothing. The United States stands with our allies across the globe to condemn this intolerable attack."

In fact, when Obama concluded that Syria had used chemical weapons against its own people in 2013, Trump took to Twitter to encourage the president not to do anything.

During a brief conversation with reporters prior to his press conference on Wednesday, Trump simply said that "these are very troubled times in the Middle East" and referred to the recent chemical attack in Syria as "Horrible. Horrible thing. Unspeakable."

When asked about how he expects to respond to Syria's actions, however, Trump merely replied, "You'll see."

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Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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